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Cooling Sensory Activities for Summer! - Sensory Play

As we approach the warmer months of the year, it can become particularly difficult to keep the kids cool, especially when they love to run around for hours on end! So, why not combine everything that we love about sensory play and add a few elements that will help to keep the kids cool? That way, they can have plenty of engaging fun without feeling exhausted from the heat!

1. Sensory Ice Cubes

Getting the chance to introduce children to shapes and colours is always a great learning activity, especially when it helps them to cool down in the hot weather! Grab some silicone ice moulds, you can find tons with various shapes and sizes, and fill them up with water! You can even add food colouring and different objects into the moulds too. Try adding some glitter, beads, petals or even small figures to make them even more engaging. Then, once they have frozen into solid cubes, take them out and let the kids take them out of the moulds and become accustomed to the texture and temperature of the cubes as they play!

2. Ice Painting

Ice painting is a great way to use the sensory ice cubes that we explored earlier on. By adding food colouring into the ice cubes you created, they will begin to leak colours as they begin to melt. Let the kids try creating pictures with different coloured cubes and let the hot weather melt them as they try to draw! For a bit of extra fun, try finding an ice mould that creates longer ice that can be held like a pen or pencil to make it easier for children to hold and paint with!

3. Ice Treasure

Ice treasure works best with bigger moulds, but smaller ones can work just as well if that's all that is available! Similarly to how we created the sensory cubes, fill ice moulds or containers with water and add secret items that will engage and excite the kids! Try using small figures or brightly coloured items that will interest them! Then, one your water has frozen into ice, let the children try to get to the treasure hidden inside. This can be done by using toy chisels and mallets, or by adding them into a bowl of lukewarm water and encouraging your child to play with them until they melt! 

4. Ice and Water Sensory Bin

Sensory bins are always a great way to get kids engaged in sensory play, and the hot weather doesn't mean this has to stop! An ice and water themed sensory bin is a little different to the sensory bins that we are used to building. To begin with, we need to ensure that the container we are using is waterproof to avoid any leaks and unnecessary mess. Letting children engage in water play is likely to result in at least a little bit of mess, which is why it is best to use a water sensory bin outside! Fill your container with water and add any type of items that can be used within it! This could be plastic cups and tubs that can be used to pour and move the water around, as well as objects you can submerge, such as bath toys! The addition of ice can also allow children to become accustomed to different temperatures and textures within water, whilst also providing a great way to cool off in warm weather!

These are just a few ways that you can include sensory play into your summer activities whilst helping the kids cool off in the hot weather! Keep an eye out for some more summer activities and great ways to engage in sensory play as summer approaches!

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King's Coronation Sensory Activities

It's almost time to celebrate the king's coronation! What better way to celebrate than engaging in some fun sensory activities themed around the coronation? Let the kids get creative and make some handmade coronation projects to keep for years to come!

1. Sensory Hand Painting

Whip out the paint and grab some paper before taking a shot at creating some hand painted posters! Try making different shapes out of handprints, such as crowns, scepters, thrones or even try recreating Buckingham Palace. Hand painting is a great way to engage in sensory play. Not only does it introduce children to the sensation of paint, but it's also a great way to teach them about colours and shapes.

2. Sensory Bunting

If you like the idea of having some more handmade decorations for the coronation, take a try at making some bunting. In order to make create bunting a little more sensory oriented, try using different materials for each flag. For example, try making a union jack out of glitter, then use pom-poms to make a crown on another. The possibilities are endless!

3. Lollipop Characters

Another fun activity that is perhaps a little less messy! Start out by drawing faces onto a lollipop stick, then try out different materials to make the lollipops look like different royal figures! See how creative you can get with these little characters and how recognisable you can make them!

There's plenty of ways to celebrate the coronation and these are only a few of the fun sensory activities that you and the kids can get up to! There's never a bad time to engage in sensory play and there's no wrong way to do it, either. The coronation is a once in a lifetime event that can be enjoyed with the whole family, so don't be afraid to jump into some sensory fun in order to celebrate!

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Our New Factory Shop is now open! - Slime Party News

After moving to our brand new factory last year, our team have been working tirelessly to make our factory shop the best that it can be. Now, it is finally time to open our doors and welcome everyone inside to check out our wonderful products in person!

Our factory shop is the perfect mixture of childlike wonder and creativity all mixed into one place. Not only are you able to get a good look at our whole collection, but you can also find our slime making kits, a great selection of sensory toys and even some yummy sweets too. There's something for everyone here!

We're so proud of what we have been able to create in our wonderful workplace for everybody else to enjoy too. We're open all through the week for anyone who wants to stop by and take a look at our products for themselves. It's also the perfect opportunity to talk to one of our team members if you have any concerns or questions about our putties or kits!

So, if you're looking to stop by and pick up some great, sensory goodies, or just fancy some sweets, make sure to stop by our shop and say hello! You can find us at:

Industry Rd, Carlton, Barnsley, S71 3PQ

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Fun Sensory Activities with Flowers - Sensory Play

Now that we are well into spring, it's only natural for us to want to start spending more time outside. Children are naturally curious, and it won't be long before they catch sight of all the beautiful flowers popping up, so why not make some sensory fun out of it and incorporate flowers into a few of our activities? 

1. Painting with flowers

This activity starts off with collecting petals of all different colours, an exciting way for children to explore nature whilst learning about colours! Next, seperate the petals into different colour piles before soaking them in a little bit of water, adding a drop of lemon juice can help the colour soak into the water, and before long you have DIY watercolours made from petals!

2. Flower Sensory Bin

Sensory bins can almost always be incorporated into sensory activities with how versatile they can be with themes. If you're looking to introduce your child to some more nature oriented play, a sensory bin is an easy way to do so. Fill your sensory bin with an assortment of petals, leaves, twigs, pebbles, etc. This is the perfect opportunity for children to explore and experience nature in the comfort of their own home. If you don't already have a sensory bin and you're not entirely sure where to start, check out our dedicated sensory bin blog post here! 

3. Petal Water Play

A little similar to sensory bins but with different textures! Water play is always a fun and creative sensory play activity for children to engage in and allows for some different textures compared to regular sensory bins. Adding petals into water play can introduce brand new textures that can be easily combined with other objects, such as glitter, sequins, water beads, etc. 

4. Flower Scavenger Hunt

Taking the sensory play outside to enjoy the warm weather? Try a different type of scavenger hunt by tasking the kids with finding different types of flowers! Not only does this allow kids to learn about different types of flowers, but it also means that they can enjoy nature whilst engaging in sensory play!

5. Petal Pictures

Another fun activity that can utilise flowers and petals found throughout a scavenger hunt! Try using petals as a drawing material to create pictures! You could create borders around a drawing with them, or use them to add texture to a drawing, the possibilities are endless.

There are so many ways to use flowers and petals in sensory play and allow your kids to experience nature simultaneously. Incorporating these elements of nature into playtime helps broaden children's curiosity and imagination, as well as ensuring that sensory play always has new and exciting ideas!

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Outdoor Spring Sensory Play Activities!

Now that we're delving deep into spring time and the weather is getting a little bit warmer, we can finally begin venturing outdoors again for some spectacular sensory play! There are endless activities that we can engage in, but after a long winter cooped up indoors, it's definitely time to get out and do some sensory exploring!

1. Colour Hunt

A colour hunt activity is fairly similar to a scavenger hunt, with the opportunity to let children learn about nature, colours and organisation all at the same time. A colour hunt consists of tasking children to find items outside that match a colour, or several colours. Not only does this allow children to explore outside and use their senses, but it also teaches them about colours and how to organise items into separate sections.

2. Pinecone Suncatcher

This activity is perfect for the crafty and creative types, however it may require adult supervision. First of all, you'll need to gather some pinecones, which is already a fun activity for children to engage in! They could collect a variety of items for other activities as well as pinecones, or make a competition out of how many they can gather in a certain amount of time. Then, pick out a selection of beads and pick the perfect pinecone and begin glueing the beads to the edges of the pinecone. The glueing can also be done by an adult with a hot glue gun for easier application and quicker drying. Then, hang the finished pinecone in the window and enjoy the beautiful colours that it reflects!

3. Nature Collection

This activity is great for any kids who love to collect and keep ahold of anything they find outside. Encouraging them to start a nature collection means encouraging them to explore all areas of nature, using their senses to seek out new experiences and teaches focus and organisation skills. You can store their nature collection indoors, or even use what they collect as materials for a nature themed sensory bin!

4. Painted Rocks

A simple, yet creative activity that is particularly fun in the springtime! Start out by collecting a variety of rocks, any shape or size that you would like! Once you've got a wide selection to choose from, let the painting begin! This activity encourages creativity and imagination, whilst also allowing children to experience different textures via different types of rocks. You could even try using different items to paint with, such as leaves or twigs, or even pine cones for a dotted pattern!

These are just a handful of fun activities that the whole family can engage in over spring! It's finally getting warm enough to head outside and enjoy the sun, so why not try out a few of these activities while you're at it? 

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Our Favourite Nature-Themed Sensory Play Activities!

With the weather getting a little bit warmer now that we're well into springtime, it's time to start taking those sensory activities outside and getting a little more creative! There are so many sensory activities that can be done inside the house, but sometimes we all need a little bit of fresh air and some nature! Today, we're going to delve into some of our absolute favourite sensory play activities that incorporate a little nature into our usual routines. 

1. Sensory Scavenger Hunts

This one is fairly simple but it's an easy way to get the kids engaged in nature! Any type of scavenger hunt could technically be seen as a sensory scavenger hunt, but this one specifically focuses on our five senses! By encouraging children to search for items they can identify with each of their senses, not only do they have the chance to explore nature but they also have the chance to become more attuned to their senses by being able to accurately identify items that fit into each of the categories! 

2. Flower Petal Painting

Another great nature-themed activity that could easily include some of the items picked up from a scavenger hunt! By pressing and rubbing petals into paper, it is easy to create colours and shapes with a little more fun and creativity than a regular pen or pencil. It also allows children to become accustomed to new textures, such as different types of petals, or even leaves too, whilst also learning about colours too!

3. Bug Hotel

Another great activity that can use items gathered in a scavenger hunt for double the sensory fun! Start by using a cardboard box before adding various items to create a lovely living space for whichever bugs decide to come by. You can add rocks, leaves, tree barks, petals, as well as a little compost too, if you have some to spare. This is a great opportunity for children to interact with nature and later on, for them to learn about different bugs and their living environments!

4. Nature Frames

This activity is perfect for children with creative tendencies! Start by gathering materials from outdoors, depending on what type of frame they would like to create. Perhaps they would like a certain coloured frame, or for the frame to depict a certain season. Once you have gathered all the materials, begin sticking them to a frame in any order! Then, print out a picture and you have your very own nature frame! Not only does this allow children to explore nature by gathering their own materials, but it also allows them to learn about shapes, colours and organisation skills, too.

5. Nature Sensory Bins

Sensory bins are always a great way to get children engaged in sensory play. The best thing about sensory bins is that they can be themed, too! This activity is also great for allowing children to explore nature, even in cold weather, as sensory bins are easy to store and usable indoors too! Fill your bin with any type of nature themed materials, such as leaves, petals, tree bark, sticks, pinecones, grass, etc. Children will easily find themselves entertained for hours whilst getting the chance to play and explore their senses! If you're unsure about how to create a sensory bin from scratch, check out our dedicated blog post here!

These are just a few of our favourite nature themed sensory activities, but rest assured there are plenty more! Children are naturally curious, and creating activities that incorporate the fun and creative side of nature will always provide entertainment and a great learning experience for all involved, so get outside and have some great fun!

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How Sensory Play aids emotional regulation

There are a multitude of areas that sensory play can help children progress, but some are a little less obvious than others. However, because of how versatile and fun sensory play is, there aren't many areas where it can't be helpful! Throughout this blog post, we will focus on how sensory play can help with children learning emotional regulation through sensory activities. 

Emotional regulation is something that comes with time and development, but sensory activities can make the process easier! There are endless activities that children can engage in to help with emotional regulation, and if you're stuck for ideas take a look at some of our suggested activities here!

You might be wondering exactly how sensory play and activities can help children develop emotional regulation. Not only do sensory play activities offer a relaxing and stimulating way for children to play, but it also allows them to focus on certain sensations and grow accustomed to their senses. This can further allow them to grow accustomed to their emotions by increasing their focus with simple sensory activities. 

Sensory play can also help children in learning how to self-regulate their emotions. For example, you may turn to a relaxing activity in order to calm down from a stressful situation, such as a walk or reading a book, but this isn't something that children instinctively know how to do. Not only does sensory play help create a relaxing environment where children can take a step back from an overwhelming situation, but it also teaches them how to focus on their emotions and how to settle them easily. 

The creative outlet that sensory play allows for is perfect for emotional regulation  also. It's easy for some children to become overwhelmed or overstimulated, especially those with sensory issues. Sensory play, such as playing with putty, using sensory bins or sensory bottles, can allow children an outlet for their emotions in a much more regulated and calm manner. 

Overall, there is a multitude of benefits to sensory play, emotional regulation just being one of many. If you're looking for something easy to help incorporate sensory play into you children's routines, check out our sensory putties here or check out our other posts about sensory activities here, if you're looking for new ideas!

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Indoor Easter Sensory Activities - Sensory Play

Easter is right around the corner and there is no shortage of activities for you and the kids to get up to over Easter break. So, if you're looking for some fun ways to incorporate sensory play into your easter activities this year, we've got a great selection for you to take a try at in the comfort of your own home!

- Easter Sensory Bottles

Sensory bottles are a great way to incorporate water into sensory play without things getting too messy, and they're so easy to make as well! Add water, glitter, sequins and some baby oil, as well as any type of easter bits and bobs you can think of! This could include little plastic chicks, mini foam eggs, little pom poms, or anything else you can think of, to make the perfect spring themed sensory bottle! 

- Easter Sensory Tray

Sensory trays are great for allowing children to explore their senses in the comfort of their own home. If you don't have room to store a sensory bin, or if you want something a little less overwhelming, sensory trays are perfect for introducing new textures. Sensory trays usually consist of a large tray being filled with different items that consist of different textures and sounds, in order to introduce children to a variety of new sensory experiences at once. Just like sensory bins, you can easily make themed trays and switch them out with new items again and again. 

- Easter Finger Painting

Finger painting is perfect for letting children get a hands on experience with sensory play whilst also expressing their creativity! Though it can get a little bit messy, there are endless possibilities for finger painting, and that includes Easter too! Try letting your child use pastels to match a spring colour palette and let them create some Easter pictures! If you find your child is struggling to create their own shapes, try drawing an egg shape for them to decorate with finger painting!

- Easter Egg Shakers

There seems to be endless possibilities when it comes to these plastic easter eggs! If you're looking for another fun activity to incorporate them into, try making some "shakers" by filling them with different materials! This could range from little bells, to pom poms, or even beads and buttons. Obviously these small materials are a choking hazard to younger children, so activities including these should always be supervised by an adult, but they make for great fun and are a fun way to introduce children to new sounds!

- Foam Sensory Bin

Our foam sensory bin idea is probably the messiest option, but also makes for great sensory fun! Start by filling a container with shaving foam, and even add some food colouring if you want to make it colourful! Then, add in plastic or wooden eggs to create a fun easter egg hunt that you can do indoors and by using a sensory bin! Feel free to add other items too, to make the hunt a little more challenging!

There is endless sensory fun to be had throughout Easter, so make sure to check out our other Easter activities blog if you're looking for more ideas! There's something for everyone when it comes to sensory play!

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What is a Sensory Seeking Child? How to support them - Sensory Play

If you've been researching into sensory play for your child, you may have seen the term "Sensory Seeker" thrown around from time to time. Or maybe you already suspect your child is a sensory seeker and you're trying to find ways to support them. Either way, throughout this blog post we will introduce you to what a sensory seeker is and how you can support them with sensory activities!

Sensory seeking children are known to frequently seek out sensory experiences that pertain to their five senses. Whilst sensory seeking behaviours are able to manifest in a variety of ways, some find that the behaviours can end up being disruptive for others. For example, some children may constantly try to grab/chew on things, whilst others may focus on frequent movement. These behaviours can prove to be extremely challenging and frustrating for parents, which is why it's vital to try and find ways to aid sensory seeking children.

Before we move on to how to support sensory seekers, you may be wondering why these children display these types of behaviours. Sensory experiences can help children regulate their nervous system, improve their focus and concentration and help with cognitive development, and those who are prone to seeking these experiences out are classified as sensory seekers. When displaying these behaviours, it is likely because they are seeking a particular sensation that helps their body feel regulated and calm. 

So, how do we help sensory seeking children to seek the correction sensory experiences that they need? There's a multitude of ways that we can help support sensory seeking children, and some methods may not work for others, but as long as you're able to change and adapt methods to suit yours and your children's lifestyles, these methods should be helpful for everyone. 

- Provide Sensory Input

Sensory seeking children are frequently looking for ways to regulate and calm their nervous system, which can be easily aided by creating a sensory space where they will be able to seek the experiences they are looking for. If you are unsure of how to create a sensory space in your home, check out our dedicated blog post here! A sensory space filled with sensory bins, areas for messy play/water play or even sensory trays, can be extremely helpful!

- Create a Sensory Routine

If you find that your child is particularly seeking movement, it may be worth creating a routine that focuses around them attaining this type of sensory experience. This could be as simple as making time to let them play with tactile sensory toys or use their sensory bins, or allowing them to conduct activities where they have plenty of space to swing/jump/spin safely. 

- Use positive reinforcement

We know some behaviours that sensory seeking children can engage in can become frustrating for parents, especially when it tends to be disruptive. However, it is important to remember that this behaviours aren't deliberately disruptive and that some positive reinforcement can go a long way. So, next time you are able to engage your child in sensory activities and play, remember to encourage them and practice enthusiasm so that they feel more inclined to come back to these activities again!

Sensory seeking behaviours can be challenging to manage, but hopefully our methods were useful in helping you understand how to understand them a little better. By providing frequent sensory input and experiences, parents and caregivers are able to guide sensory seeking children towards more positive behaviours that have much more rewarding results!

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How To Create A Sensory Space At Home

There are endless activities and ways to incorporate sensory play into every day life, however it's easy to be concerned about how to make the space in order to accommodate. Sensory spaces offer our children a private space where they can wind down or take the time to engage in some more relaxing sensory activities. A sensory space doesn't have to be huge, or take up an entire room, but somewhere you can transform into a relaxed and calming space for your child is perfect!

Obviously, there is no right way to create a sensory space, however there are some tips and tricks and even some recommendations on what to put in there to create a wonderful space for your children. However, keep in mind that every child has their own preferences and dislikes, meaning that what works for one may not work for another.

One of the best ways to make a sensory space feel calm and relaxing is by getting something comfortable to sit on! This can be something as simple as a bean bag chair or large pillows, mats and blankets. Anything you can think of to make the room comforting should work perfectly.

Another thing that is vital to creating the perfect sensory space is toys! To add to the comforting feeling of a sensory space, consider adding stuffed animals and plushies, as well as calming fidget toys, some of which you can find here! If your child enjoys to read, it may be worth adding some books to their sensory space too! 

If you're working with a larger area for your sensory space, you might consider how you want to decorate it. Obviously this may revolve around your own child's preferences. You could easily paint the walls in their favourite colour or hang up art from their favourite TV Shows or movies, however it is worth noting that softer/paste colours promote a more relaxing atmosphere. 

Sensory spaces are the perfect place to store and use sensory boxes/bins if you've made one! Sensory bins allow children to experience different textures and sounds in one contained space, and with a dedicated area to sensory play, this is the perfect place to keep them!

Overall, a sensory space can be whatever you make it! The main goal is to create a comforting space that allows children to continue exploring their senses and learning in the comfort of their own home. Don't worry if you don't have a ton of space to create a large sensory space, it can be something as simple as the corner of your child's bedroom. Any space that can bring them comfort and entertainment can be transformed into the perfect sensory space!

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